In the manga Vinland Saga, the heroes arrive at "York". Clearly, it should have been called Jórvík but let's forgive them that for now. Below is how the manga shows the city from the sky. Comparing this map to a current map of York, the resemblance is striking.

However, how accurate is it for Jórvík?

Vinland saga arriving in York/Jórvík

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Within the scope of artistic licence it seems to be fairly close to what Roman York is believed to have looked like. Given that Vikings didn't have a reputation for being much in the way of civil engineers it's probably reasonable to assume that Jorvik had much the same layout as the Roman and subsequent Anglo-Saxon versions.

That being said, "accuracy" of city maps from the Dark Ages is going to be iffy at the best of times...


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